Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charters

Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Top Inshore Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Inshore Fishing in Sarasota

Sarasota inshore fishing is what most local charters focus on, and with good reason. Sarasota has year-round populations of several shallow-water favorites including Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. The area also has some important summer visitors like Tarpon and Snook which make fighting the heat well worth the effort.

What to catch and when to target it

Hit the shallows pretty much any time of year and you will see why Sarasota inshore fishing is such a big deal. Even in the sleepy months of January and February, the waters are alive with three of the most important inshore species in the country. 
 
The local grass flats, sandbars, and mangroves offer an endless playground for inshore anglers. The different environments mean you can never get bored. Redfish, Trout, and Flounder thrive all year round in these waters, and there are plenty charters waiting to take you.
 
If you fancy something more than the area’s permanent residents, the best time to come is in summer. Snook, Permit, and Tarpon swarm the shallows from May onwards. The Sarasota Tarpon Tournament brings anglers from across the country to fish for these awesome fish, which can mean the price of charters rise. All three species stick around until at least the end of August though, so you can beat the crowds if you can take the sun.

How to fish

The variety of environments in the Sarasota Bay area means that you can basically take your pick of fishing techniques. Spin anglers and fly fishing enthusiasts will fall in love with the area. If sight casting is more your thing, you will plenty of tailing Reds and shimmering Permit to land a well-placed line in front of. For a more heavy-duty challenge, Sarasota Tarpon fishing offers battles in even the skinniest waters. Tarpon weighing in excess of 200 pounds are caught every year here, making this one of the best Tarpon fisheries in the country.
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What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Sarasota

Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
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Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
Laura  W.
Laura W. Sarasota, Florida
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
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If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Steven  C.
Steven C. Bradenton, FL
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
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Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Kelly  H.
Kelly H. Bradenton, FL
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
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Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
Keith  S.
Keith S. Mount Gilead, OH
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
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The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Keith  B.
Keith B. Duluth, GA
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
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Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
William  K.
William K. Bradenton, Florida
Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
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Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
Tony  C.
Tony C. Sarasota, FL
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
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There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
Annemarie  A.
Annemarie A. St. Petersburg, Florida
Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
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Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
Steve  C.
Steve C. St. Petersburg, FL
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
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Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
Norman  K.
Norman K. Indianapolis, Indiana
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
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Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
Allan  F.
Allan F. Devils Lake, ND
Listen to the captain if you want to catch anything. Their knowledge is priceless.
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Listen to the captain if you want to catch anything. Their knowledge is priceless.
George  S.
George S. Kalamazoo, Michigan
Bring sun screen and be adaptable, fishing the tide plays a big part in what type of fish are available.
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Bring sun screen and be adaptable, fishing the tide plays a big part in what type of fish are available.
Timothy  O.
Timothy O. Albuquerque, NM
Wear clothing that breathes but blocks the sun. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. And whatever you do, go fishing with Sarasota Family Fishing and Captain Scott.
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Wear clothing that breathes but blocks the sun. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. And whatever you do, go fishing with Sarasota Family Fishing and Captain Scott.
Paul  S.
Paul S. Sarasota, Florida
Bring good sunscreen and if you have never went offshore before make absolutely certain that you take some Dramamine tablets before heading out in the morning the captain has some available.
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Bring good sunscreen and if you have never went offshore before make absolutely certain that you take some Dramamine tablets before heading out in the morning the captain has some available.
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FishingBooker Member Tampa, Florida
Unless you're experienced, find a good, reliable charter company. You'll need the help.
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Unless you're experienced, find a good, reliable charter company. You'll need the help.
Reid  M.
Reid M. Sarasota, FL
Bring your sunscreen, water, camera and funloving attitude!! Our trip was fantastic!!!
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Bring your sunscreen, water, camera and funloving attitude!! Our trip was fantastic!!!
Lori  W.
Lori W. United States
Bring sunscreen and talk to your local bait and tackle shops on what to use and where to go.
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Bring sunscreen and talk to your local bait and tackle shops on what to use and where to go.
Matt  F.
Matt F. United States
Use a guide if you’re not familiar with the area...knowing where to fish is extremely helpful and makes for a good time
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Use a guide if you’re not familiar with the area...knowing where to fish is extremely helpful and makes for a good time
John  B.
John B. Leawood, KS
I highly recommend booking with TnT Freedom Fishing charters. Tony Sr. and Tony Jr will take excellent care of you and ensure you catch fish and have a safe, comfortable and fun time!
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I highly recommend booking with TnT Freedom Fishing charters. Tony Sr. and Tony Jr will take excellent care of you and ensure you catch fish and have a safe, comfortable and fun time!
Joseph  L.
Joseph L. Naperville, IL

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